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About R. E. Lamle, Jr.




Tribute to Gerald

There's sixty years of cowboy blood a running thru his veins
He talks about the ole days, an wished they hadn't changed
He still thinks about his loving wife
The happy an sad times in their life
But the cowboy tradition to this day it still runs strong
As evidence, by family, as his son and grandson still carry on
A man who all the years was free to roam
Knows it hard to be confined to just his home
When he's feeling down, an the walls are closing in
Just put him on his ole pony and he's back to happy again
He still sets tall an proud in the saddle
But needs a hump of dirt to get a straddle
Now don't let that fool you, when its branding time in spring
For a man of eighty nine, he still can make that rope sing
There's sixty years of cowboy blood a running thru his veins
He still talks about the ole days an wished they hadn't changed
1998, R. E. Lamle  Jr.
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This poem was written for Gerald Carson who was a friend of the family and a ranch cowboy all his life. He passed away at the age of 94.

Gerald Carson was born September 7, 1908, in Redbird, Nebraska. He married Maybell Feiferf in 1932. He had two children, Lois and Jerry. (Jerry was my foreman at the McMurtrey Ranch for five years. This is how we got to know Gerald.) He went to work for M. D. Shephard in 1947 and stayed there for 39 years. I never got tired of listening to his stories and he was a great cowhand. He was 89 yrs old and was still draggin' calves at the branding.

About R. E. Lamle, Jr.:

I was born and raised on a stocker operation in northwest Oklahoma. I've been around horses and cattle all my life.  I presently manage a ranch just inside the border of South Dakota. The top hands on this ranch are my lovely wife, Elaine, and our children, Karisa and Casey.  I started writing poetry in 1990, got inspirited to do so by S. Omar Barker; my inspiration for writing poetry comes from ranching friends and my adventures and misadventures of being a working cowboy.



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